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Sep 24, 2010 5:04 PM by Zach Thaxton

DEA, local authorities combine for Prescription Take Back

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies across the country Saturday for a first-of-its-kind event to help people safely dispose of unused or expired medications.

The free event is called the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative and it runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. nationwide on Saturday, September 25.  People are encouraged to bring tablets, capsules, and other solid dosage units of medicines and prescriptions that contain controlled substances.  Intraveneous solutions, injectables, syringes, and illegal narcotics will not be accepted.

The event is meant to provide a safe and alternative method of disposal of potentially dangerous substances that otherwise could end up compromising the water supply or end up in wrong hands.  "We encourage people not to throw them in the trash where others can find them and use them, but bring them down here so we can destroy them properly," said Colorado Springs Police spokesman Sergeant Steve Noblitt.  According to the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health, 562 people  in Colorado died in 2008 from prescription drug abuse and nationally 1 in 5 teenagers report abusing prescription drugs.  "We don't want the kids to get ahold of the drugs and ingest them either accidentally or purposely to get high," said Woodland Park Police Corporal Christopher Adams.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:

Colorado Springs:
- Police Operations Center (705 S. Nevada Ave.)
- Stetson Hills Police Substation (4110 Tutt Blvd.)

Pueblo:
- Pueblo County Conference Room parking lot (1001 N. Santa Fe)

Fountain
- Fountain Middle School (515 N. Santa Fe Ave.)

Canon City:
- Arkansas Valley Surgery Center (933 Sell Ave.)

Woodland Park:
- Woodland Park Police Dept. (933 Tamarac Parkway)

Divide
- Teller County Sheriff's Office (11400 W. Hwy. 24)

La Junta
- North La Junta Community Center (17 Trail Rd.)
- La Junta Senior Citizens Center (114 East 2nd St.)

Alamosa
- City Market (131 Market St.)

Monte Vista
- Monte Vista Police Dept. (720 First Ave.)

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